Thousands March for Science Downtown

Henrietta Brewer
May 2, 2017

Scientists and supporters of science marched in cities around the world Saturday to push back against what organizers said is "an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery".

Organizers said the event, planned for hundreds of cities in the US and around the world, would remain non-partisan, though some participants view the march as a way to challenge cuts proposed by the Trump administration that target science programs. "For example, when we talk about climate change scientists come up with the evidence, then the politics come in".

In Halifax, protesters turned up near city hall to show their support for evidence-based policy-making, some carrying signs like "Defiance for Science", and "Without Science, It's Just Fiction". "'We need to make more of our decisions based on facts again and less on emotions", said Meike Weltin, a doctorate student at an environmental institute near the capital.

"Most people don't know how much funding for the sciences supports them in their lives every day".

Trump has called climate change a hoax.

Thousands took part in more than 600 marches around the country and in other nations around the world. "So bad, even introverts are here" March For Science Signs Are So Wonderfully Nerdy BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) April 22, 2017 President Trump's proposed 2018 budget calls for deep spending cuts by government science agencies, including a 31 percent reduction for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Some of the signs referring to Trump read "Science=Real, Trump=Fake", "Pro-Facts" and "Trump's Anti-Science Budget Bus".

As reported by CBS News, March for Science is coming at a time when Americans are becoming more pessimistic about the future of Earth.

The March for Science is planned to be an annual event.

Derek Muller, the creator of the YouTube channel Veritasium said, "Science is inherently political".

"Everything we touch, science has helped us understand better", said Ruth Varner, a biochemist from the University of New Hampshire. "That is why my administration is reducing unnecessary burdens on American workers and American companies, while being mindful that our actions must also protect the environment", he added.

"Economic growth enhances environmental protection", Trump said Saturday.

Vanessa Quinlivan, a biochemistry graduate student from Baltimore, Maryland said, "I chose to do this because I think that basic research is really important".

"The war on science is drastic cuts to NIH". "Science is truth, and it's the closest thing we have to truth", she said.

Nye told The Guardian earlier this week that scientists should unapologetically throw themselves into the political fray as Trump's administration seeks to dismantle large areas of scientific endeavor, from cancer research to climate analysis.

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